Asbestos removal underway at some Guilford County Schools

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C.– A handful of Guilford County schools are part of an extensive asbestos removal project this summer.

“We have approximately 91 schools that contain asbestos in some form or another,” explained GCS Project Manager Ernest King.

King says they are working to remove asbestos from 30 schools this summer. He hopes the rest of schools can be complete on weekends during the school year or next summer when kids are out for break.

“All the kids, teachers, whoever is there we want to make sure that they’re safe,” he said.

King explained unexposed asbestos is not hazardous for people in the schools day-to day. However, when tiles or carpets are disturbed during demolition or renovations, asbestos fibers can be released into the air.

“During the process and after it’s over, we have air monitoring where a third-party company comes in to check the air,” King added.

Principal Mark Harris works at Peeler Open Elementary School and is excited to have new carpeting in the office, media center and computer lab.

“Peeler’s an open school so here, kids lay on the carpet and read, they move around, it’s not like a traditional school where folks just sit in rows,” Harris said.

GCS says there are 91 schools and 11 administrative buildings containing asbestos, mostly in floor tiles and carpeting.

“If you’re gonna have asbestos in a building, floor tile is where you prefer to have because it’s a low content of asbestos. Normally ranges from 1-2%,” explained King.

“We are thankful to have this done,” added Harris.

Schools involved in the asbestos removal project this summer:

  • Academy at Central
  • Alderman Elementary
  • Allen Jay Elementary
  • Allen Middle
  • Bluford Elementary
  • Brooks Global Studies
  • Colfax Elementary
  • Cone Elementary
  • Frazier Elementary
  • Guilford Middle
  • High Point Central High
  • Hunter Elementary
  • Kiser Middle
  • Jamestown Elementary
  • Johnson Street Global Studies K-8 Magnet
  • Joyner Elementary
  • Madison Elementary
  • Millis Road Elementary
  • Murphey Traditional Academy
  • Nathanael Greene
  • Northeast Middle
  • Peeler Elementary
  • Pleasant Garden Elementary
  • Sedgefield Elementary
  • Shadybrook Elementary
  • Southwest Middle
  • Sternberger Elementary
  • Sumner Elementary
  • Twilight Academy
  • Welborn Middle
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